Tuesday, 18 December 2018 11:51

Andrew Neil- Merry Go Round

Andrew Neil is a remarkable up and coming singer/songwriter from Charlottesville, Neil’s path has seen the singer battle many tragedies to record his first studio album. A path that began in 2009, when he sustained a serious head injury in a car accident. The confinement of lying in a hospital bed brought out the creative bug inside the singer to write over 400 tracks, even though he had no formal musical training. Unfortunately, the accident proved a catalyst for a series of psychotic episodes in his life that saw him diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder and complex PTSD. This all culminated in Neill being incarcerated in 2013 after such an episode resulted in him stabbing his younger brother in the arm, He was found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) and committed to a West State Hospital in Virginia. Neil wrote over 70 tracks and to self- produced an album entitled “Code Purple” named after an emergency call for patients. It was an album that made history as the only one recorded in a state hospital.

This all brings me to Neill’s first studio album “Merry Go Round” since his release from Hospital The album itself was released in September with comparisons to Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain. Neill writes captivating lyrics in this accessible album that is not short of intricately composed riffs and guitar solos, emotive singing and with subtle nods to those aforementioned musicians.

Divide and Conquer starts things off with this grunge- influenced track complete with a psychedelic and haunting riff that has Neil in a philosophical mood.

Merry Go Round is the title track that has similarities to Nirvana’s Nevermind era. Neil shows versatility with his songwriting here, creating hazy riffs. The backing band provide solace to Neil’s undeniable ability to write compelling music.

The album explores other themes and styles that feels like the listener on this emotional journey. I mostly feel impressed with how each track reflects the singer’s emotions throughout different parts of his life. This is something rarely experienced in contemporary music albums today.

I Wish is a gentle ballad stripped back from all musical components that is just a melodic track with Neill Singing from his heart with an acoustic guitar.

Tie Dye Dinosaur is another well-structured track that I feel looks at being an outsider. The catchy chorus will leave you humming for days. I liked how Neill’s voice seemed to mature and sound brighter. The intelligent songwriting is prevalent here an upbeat track replete with the melodic accompaniment of flute that feels like a positive new day.

Overall, I would recommend this album to any audience that enjoys intelligent lyrics, well-structured melodies and a journey through many trials and tribulations that lead to light at the end of the tunnel.

Merry Go Round is available via Spotify & Amazon now.

If you’d like to discover more music and information about Andrew Neil Maternick,

you can do so by visiting the official website

Alternatively, you can follow him via facebook / youtube / reverbnation


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Friday, 02 November 2018 17:58

New Gems Rising

Joel Cross

Joel Cross is a Grammy- Nominated soul singer from Texas, whom achieved global stardom after his rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off “received over a million views on You Tube. Cross soon attracted the interest of Capitol Records, America’s Got Talent and Grammy- Award winner Indi Arie, whom he collaborated with on her award winning 2017 album “Songsversation: Medicine. Cross is currently recording the follow up entitled Worthy . Cross’ voice is strong, enriched in heart and raw emotion that will be difficult not to appreciate with elements of gospel incorporated into the sound. India Arie describes Cross’s voice as “beautiful baritone coming from a beautiful heart”.

http://www.joelcross.com/ 

This is another well-presented site with striking images of Cross that conveys the message of a talented singer with some links to music, videos, lyrics and a compelling biography.

https://www.facebook.com/joelcross.music

This is another compelling account featuring updates on cross’s performances, Magazine appearances, photos of friends and fans, plus videos of covers too. This is an all-round informative account that appeals to all fans.

InCrest

It was whilst in Boarding School, Danish Grunge rockers’ InCrest were formed by Male Slywest, Jonas Tange and former Bassist Jonas Berthelsen in 2003.

The band initially formed through the inspiration of nineties' acts like Soundgarden and Nirvana with the intentions of emulating them.

In 2007, Berthelsen was replaced by Ande Hagedorn- Olson, which soon saw the band change musical direction into a more progressive sound, incorporating bands such as Tool and Porcupine Tree.. They play roaring melodies and frantic guitar- orientated rock with thought-provoking lyrics. They have released two studio albums thus far; The 2014 Rubicon Atlas & this year’s latest release The Ladder, The Climb and The Fall.

http://increst.dk/

This is an accessible site with a strong colour coordination that is easy to maneuver. There are latest news updates from the band’s social accounts, music videos, photos and an informative biography. I feel this an efficient site for new fans. 

https://www.facebook.com/increstband/

This is another organized account with regular updates on the band’s promo, plus photos of the band relaxing, as well as videos of them on tour. This is certainly enough to pique the interest.


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Billy Thompson

 

Billy Thompson is a wily veteran, whose songwriting, slide guitar technique and performances have won him new fans across USA. His music has been described as “Hendrix meets Little Feat”. Thompson has performed with fellow veterans such as Albert King and Art Neville, along with opening up for Robert Cray and Sonny Landreth.

His styles incorporate a large pool of genres like funk, blues, rock and soul.

Billy Thompson recently released his 8th studio album BT”.

https://billythompsonmusic.com/

As with all the pages I have reviewed thus far, this is another well maintained site I enjoyed perusing. I can tell Thompson is a well-respected musician by the way it has been presented. I liked how it wasn’t flash and bright, which made it easy to read. There are some reviews under the news section for all of us music writers to look through (smiley face), alongside tour dates, photos of Thompson with the legendary itinerary he has befriended. There are also recordings and an endorsement link, which can be of interest to any musician out there.

https://www.facebook.com/Billy-Thompson-433934915716/ 

This site doesn’t have much information in comparison to the homepage. The posts are more geared towards promoting gigs, rather than informing new fans. The videos are a nice touch with some performances with renowned musicians, and the photos show Thompson’s fun side .

Greg Larkin

Greg Larkin is a something of an unusual prodigy. The self- taught guitarist plays largely acoustic instrumental through a fingerpicking/tapping style, which creates a feeling there are more than one guitar playing at once. He has been touring for 6 years, supporting stars like Nick Harper, Arthur Brown & Wallis Bird. Larkin incorporates different genres like Jazz, Blues, Latin fusion etc. Larkin recently began work with numerous figures in the world of Electronica, Jazz, Trip- Hop and Hip Hop.

Larkin recently featured on the DRS track “Your Name” with Hip Hop artist Skittles.

https://www.theinimitablegreg.com/

My first thoughts on visiting where how it is self- managed. There is little to suggest this may be a musician’s webpage, except for a gig update and a background picture of a guitar. I felt this changed when I clicked on the about section. Larkin writes a warm and personal introduction of his abilities alongside a collection of music videos and performances. I felt this was a positive for new fans. There are no photos, However, the links to Larkin’s Three albums give fans plenty to sink their teeth into.

https://www.facebook.com/greglarkinmusic/

This is another good social media page that offers more than the webpage. There are some more videos of Larkin on stage, which feels very intimate. There are regular updates on upcoming gigs and news on appearances Also, there are some great links to music too. I felt this site appealed more to the listener.

Katie Rose

Katie Rose is a Multi- Instrumentalist/ Singer/ Songwriter from Taledo, Washington. She combines Blues, Pop, rock, Soul, Latin and Reggae to create powerful choruses and easy listening beats that will leave you feeling relaxed. Rose began singing at a young age; her first performance was aged 9 at a Local Eagles show. Rose has gone on to perform with her own band, The Fun addicts, and currently attends Berklee College of Music.

http://www.katierosemusic8.com/

I felt this was a professionally run site that appeals to visitors alike. There is a large background photo of Rose with a guitar, which instantly tells me she is a musician. The interface is easy to maneuver; plus, there is easy access to music, videos of Rose performing, as well as some lovely photos of rose out and about.

https://www.facebook.com/katierosemusic8/

This is a nicely organized account that is targeted towards fans. There are some nice photos’ that mix performance and personal pics, which I felt involves fans There are some fun videos that appear to be recorded on home video too. The only negative point is there is little updates, but rather repeated promotion of the singer’s reverb nation page.


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A Second Life - Review And Interview

A Second Life is an Alternative Rock band from New York, who were formed over a bond of friendships and love of the NY music scene. The overall sound of the band is described as U2 meets Kings Of Leon dipped in 30 seconds to Mars. Their goal is to create thought provoking music that evokes emotions. The current line up consists of Chris Damphouse ( Vocals) Dan DelVecchio (guitars and vocals), Max Ross (guitar, piano, vocals), Justin Scheidling (drums), Dan O’Dowd (bass), and Rob Mino (guitar). The band will be supporting the release of their debut EP Civil Life with a tour across the U.S , as well as several festival appearances during the Summer 2018.

I shall give the reader a quick review of the new five- track Civil Life which will give listeners a good opportunity to hear the band’s melodic and evocative music close up.

Just Whisper is a lovely opener packed full of melodious charm. Damphouse’s vocals blend against a backdrop of harmonious power chords and backing vocals when the chorus kicks in. This track works well as a breakout hit for radio airplay.

You’re Missing From Me is a more upbeat track that opens with an atmospheric buzz of electric guitar . It is a track that is full of hooks and subtle transitions into melodic guitar lines and bright bridges that supplement the vocal qualities that sing about been apart. This is easily the standout track for me because of the huge singalong chorus and guitar techniques with the pedal that are added to give it some definition.

Civil War is an anthemic acoustic track about finding a resolution to conflict. This track illustrates the band’s influences of U2 and 30 seconds to mars within it. The small melodic patterns and intimate vocals are sung against a backbeat of rhythmic drumming and acoustic guitar. The track slowly builds towards the chorus at the end with heartfelt singing. I feel this is another good track that would appeal to a teenage audience and fans of the aforementioned bands.

Beautiful Distraction is another acoustic track that is reflective in the title (beautiful)! The lyrics are poetic and strike strong imagery against the backdrop of expressive pop rock. The band have the ability to know how to write tracks with swirling melodies and beats. The addition of backing vocals gives the songs an extra edge, along with the harmonious guitar lines with an effects pedal is like the music equivalent of painting on a canvas.

You ends with a change in direction. It is an edgy and up-tempo track that has these toes tapping! The track begins with a thick , funky bass line that explodes with a continuous crunchy riff and catchy chorus and distorted vocals that has all the ingredients to be a smash hit. You can’t help dance to

A Second Life will next be performing at The Bitter End in New York, NY on May 12th before an appearance at Montauk Music Festival on May 17th in Montauk, NY

 

You can find more information on the band via their social media accounts:

https://www.facebook.com/ASecondLifeNY/

https://www.instagram.com/asecondlifemusic/

https://twitter.com/asecondlifeNY

 

A Second Life Interview

 

Good morning, Could you tell us how you met The Old School Project?

We found you on Indie music bus. Nick is amazing the way he supports us bands!

Could you tell me about how the band formed and what lead you to start a band?

I had taken a year off and really missed the music. I decided to learn Guitar and found a great Teacher (Dan Delvecchio). We had so many of the same ideas I realized it was time to make music again!!!

Who would you say the biggest influences on your musical career so far?

It is a hard question. I’d say my Dad and Brother Max. Also, the music that inspires me comes from everywhere. But I’d say U2 , 30 seconds to Mars, Kings of Leon to name a few!!!

You say you write music to evoke emotions, how do you feel you can achieve this in your writing?

It comes from my heart , it’s a fire I feel. Each song has a meaning to me. Every moment in my life I can remember music to accompany it!

What are the reasons behind the name A Second Life?

It’s simple really . It means a second shot at this whole music thing!!

What are your goals moving forward in the industry?

To be heard, to share my music with as many ears that will listen. I don't do this for fame or fortune . I do it because I simply love music.

You have a huge following on platforms like Spotify, How important do you think stations like them and TOSP are for unsigned acts trying to get noticed?

They are insanely important!!!! Back only a few years ago indie artists would have to have a record deal to be heard . Now we can do all of it ourselves. In the end it's just like running a company you need hard work and consistency !

You recently released your Debut EP called Civil Life . What is the idea behind the title, and what was the recording process like during the making of it?

The Idea is it's all about living a life to be proud of, a life my kids would be proud of. We record with Rob Freeman at Audio Pilot studios in NJ. He’s simply awesome he doesn't let us ever settle for …ehhhh! When we suck he tells us ! if you can't take constructive criticism you should not make music.

You will be performing at the four day event Montauk Music Festival beginning on May 17th, how excited are you to be performing there?

We can't wait!!!! it's a beautiful location with people who want to hear new music!!!

What will are fans likely to expect from your appearance?

A real genuine band that brings it every time they play. We are here for them , we want them to feel what we feel!

Is there any dream venue, or festival, you’d like to perform at?

Its right on Long Island , I want to play a Northwell Theater, Jones Beach. Its right on the water. I’ve seen most of my favorites play there. To stand under the stars and share my music with a crowded hometown Theater would be priceless . I’d play for free !!!

And Finally, what is next for A Second life?

To keep pushing, to keep putting our lives to music, to enjoy the process, to enjoy the ride!!!

Written by Anselm Anderson - UK / Lancaster

My name is Anselm and I have a strong passion for music. I host two rock radio shows for the internet on a weekly basis. Also, I have experience in the past year of writing music reviews and conducting interviews with upcoming artists for several online music magazines. My main goal is to continue to write for thse interested in learning about what is new in the musical world.

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November Music Showcase: Marbin Review

About a year ago, I met and interviewed the band Marbin, a high-energy Rock/Jazz hybrid that had impressed me with songs like, 'African Shabtay' and 'Redline' on their social media/YouTube video campaign the year before. Since my first Marbin show, I have been lucky enough to see them three more times and we have become fast friends; sharing many musical interests and debating the ins-and-outs of the music industry on various occasions.

As musicians, Marbin is growing exponentially; each member giving it they’re all on stage, every night, traveling the county and the world. Their musical influences and growth can be heard in their most recent compositions, which lean more into psychedelic and ballad like movements; leaving more room for improvisation and modulation within live performances. Marbin is constantly evolving, adding new intros, outros and transitions into their already solid repertoire.

Their newest unreleased album titled, "Israeli Jazz" seems to have woken more creativity inside this band, as they play these new songs with a raw and driving intensity. 'Israeli Jazz' the title track from the newest album, is hard and transient, smooth and razor sharp. I look forward to hearing the entire album and doing a full review when it is completed.

Dani Rabin shows exceptional guitar skills, on par, if not greater than, many guitarists in the progressive Jazz and Jam scene. Dani is always growing and expanding his musical education, incorporating those Gypsy Jazz scales he loves so much, into the music he constantly creates. Danny Markovitch is the backbone of this group and although he stands to the side during solos, he is always solemnly contemplating what comes next and critically evaluating every note. Jon Nadel is the perfect bass player for this band and although, he isn't an original member, he keeps both Danny and Dani in check while bringing a masterful bass technique and skill on his fret-to-fretless bass guitar. The heartbeat of Marbin is drummer Blake Jiracek, who is always in his own world, tirelessly keeping up with the other members and pushing the rhythmic structure further and further.

While Marbin, hasn't reached the peak of their success, little by little, they are gaining attention and amassing a loyal following just waiting for them to explode on to the scene but which scene? Finding that direction is highly important to what Marbin could become in the future. I am sure that they will succeed in any musical route/niche they decide to pursue and I will be along for the ride. 

I am looking forward to another Marbin performance in Harrisonburg, Virginia on April 4 at the Golden Pony. If you live in or around the area, feel free to contact me and we can meet up! If not, check this band out when they come to you locally, I am always truly blown away.

 

 

 

 

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One Step from the Edge are a heavy metal six- piece from Ioannina, Greece. They formed in 2016 , naming themselves off a philosophy man is stood between “ existence” and “ non- existence".

The lineup consists of Alex Seritis and Alex Peregou (Guitars) on dual vocals, Guitarist Kostas Tsapos, Bassist Kostas Pourgiazis, Nikos Stakes on drums with Maria Mosxeva completing the unit on Keys.

OSFTE have been building a steadfast fanbase at home with support slots to Septic Flesh and Scar of the Sun to as well as a couple of festival appearances at Metalfest volumes 3 and 4, alongside notable artists like Blayze Bayley and Phil Campbell and his Bastard Sons.

The band blend modern rock with metalcore and grooves to create their own brand of pulsating metal that could break the current mold of contemporaries. OSFTE combine clean and harsh vocals with earth- shattering drum fills, dual harmonic guitar riffs that will leave the goosebumps standing. They have already recorded an album, the 2017 “Beneath the Surface”, and are currently in the studio working on a follow up, which is due for release this summer.

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The opening sequence is a two-minute prelude entitled The Beginning (Intro) that is a precursor to the album’s self-titled track Beneath the Surface, a foot stomping, head banging cacophony of raw metalcore that sets the scene with its dark grooves that leads into intense growls that showcase what the band can produce going forward. The intense riffing combined with clear, melodic vocals work well against the juxtaposition of guttural vocals that roar into play.

https://open.spotify.com/track/1Rs45cqB4EOOxlvd17BisF - Beneath the Surface

State of the Mind: Denial continue the transient hostility with another strong track that focuses more on the clear vocals that makes this the more harrowing between the jolts of screams. This track is finely layered with some nice breaks coming at key intervals and a whirlpool of a guitar solo arriving midway. This is another standout track to keep listeners keen.

https://open.spotify.com/track/4FFcGnqKvXXS5fHzr3HqDk - State of the Mind: Denial

The album continues through its exploration following the start with a leaning more towards the modern rock of NWOAHM bands from the 2000’S, which feel like an identity loss with several tracks sounding similar before reaching Waver, an example of how the band use syncopated riffs with pounding drums to create the notion of a machine gun that adds a hostile texture to the increasingly emotional clear vocals. I feel this side of the music changes rapidly throughout.

https://open.spotify.com/track/7zmdNvfdvSO6DoNyI2qX2S - Waver

The album wraps up with focus on this aspect of the band, which sounds more like their hard rock stylings before wrapping up with the aptly named the End, which sounds like a gothic version of Metallica's The Unforgiven replete with dual harmonic voicings along the exquisite acoustic back drop of flamenco finger pickings.

https://open.spotify.com/track/7i6AlgIoyrekcVTL6bgNRm?si=4wNpSbZVTW63QqRcIpivZA - The End

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